Is Holy Week a good time to do the Camino de Santiago? We review the advantages and disadvantages of traveling the Jacobean route on these dates.
Traditionally, the Camino de Santiago leaves its off season with the beginning of spring, when most of the pilgrims' hostels begin to reopen, the last snows disappear and the good weather begins to arrive. It is precisely in Easter, the first vacation of the year for many the starting signal for many walkers who want to make a pilgrimage to Santiago in the most enjoyable season of the year to do it, spring.
But why choose Easter to do the Camino de Santiago instead of waiting for summer? We will agree that the months of June, July and August are still the most popular on the Camino, the ones that most pilgrims concentrate, however more and more travelers are attracted by the beginning of spring. The motives? We will briefly summarize them so you can decide for yourself if it is worth launching now or waiting for the summer.
The Easter holidays are a perfect time of the year, since many of us can enjoy the first days of rest of the year. We usually have a week or ten days off, which are perfect for traveling short stretches of no more than five stages along the Camino de Santiago. In addition, we can save some extra days to recover and return with the batteries charged at home, for example enjoying the great tourist and gastronomic offer of the city of Santiago.
If you are going to travel the Camino de Santiago in Easter for the first time, you can spend at least six days traveling the last stretches of some of the busiest routes, such as the French Way from Sarria, the Portuguese Way from Tui or the English Way from Ferrol. You will travel at least the last 100 kilometers to Santiago, obtaining the compostela (a beautiful memory of your premiere as a pilgrim).
We have always said, for us spring is the best time of the year to travel the Camino de Santiago. In this season we will find water, yes, but it is not as cold as in winter, and therefore we do not have to wear so many warm clothes. In spring the Way is beautiful and has a very special light, the paths are full of colors and life thanks to the melt water that descends by the rivers and streams, in addition to the incipient rain.
In the month of April, Easter includes some perfect days in which walking is a real pleasure, and we are not exposed to the overwhelming hot days of July and August, which are very hard up in the Castilian plateau as in Galicia. We encourage you to try walking the Camino for the first time for at least six days and five nights, in such a way that you can completely disconnect from the routine and take with you some touches of the spirit of the pilgrim. After your first contact, you will return to the Camino with even more enthusiasm and dedicate it without fear any longer.
The attractiveness of the Camino de Santiago has spread like wildfire in recent years around the world. For cultural reasons, religious, spiritual or simply tourist, each year hundreds of thousands of pilgrims arrive on these routes and, logically, there are some overcrowding at specific points and weeks of the year. The routes that most suffer the agglomerations are the French and Portuguese Way in their last 100 kilometers and they do it mainly in summer, when most of us have more days off.
For this reason many choose spring to make a pilgrimage, with milder temperatures than in summer and infinitely fewer tourists. Within this season, Easter includes the days of the largest crowds, but in no case are the numbers for July and August reached. If you want to walk during Easter and look for less crowded stretches of the Camino, you can always choose paths like the Sanabrés Trail, which starts in Ourense and is much less known.
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